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Brewers acquire Juan Francisco from Braves, call up Scooter Gennett

Jun 3, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Atlanta designated Juan Francisco for assignment last week and today the Braves traded him to the Brewers for minor leaguer Thomas Keeling. Milwaukee also called up second baseman Scooter Gennett from Triple-A.

Francisco has been exclusively a third baseman in the majors, but given how awful the Brewers’ production has been at first base he should see time there until Corey Hart returns. Part of that lack of first base production, 36-year-old Alex Gonzalez, was released to make room on the roster for Francisco. If nothing else Francisco adds some left-handed power to the mix, but he’s also a career .254 hitter with a lousy .299 on-base percentage and 164/29 K/BB ratio.

Gennett could push the struggling Rickie Weeks at second base, although he’s hardly a top prospect. At age 23 he was hitting .297 with one homer and a .719 OPS in 50 games at Triple-A and Gennett had similar numbers with a .293 batting average, five homers, and a .714 OPS in 133 games at Double-A last season.

Keeling is a non-prospect and the 25-year-old former 18th-round pick has a 6.26 ERA as a pro.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    No major surprises here.

  2. realgone2 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Figured they could have got a little bit more for Juan Fu.

    • uwsptke - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      What kind of return were you expecting for a guy who had been designated for assignment?

      • realgone2 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        I didn’t say I was expecting to get a #1 prospect for him now did I?

  3. Darkoestrada - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Awesome, now they have a left handed yuni

  4. knowlegeforyou - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    he has much more upside than a lh yuni and I figured they would have gotten more than a 25yr old with a 6.26 era to waste space in AAA

  5. barkleyblows - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Go brewers go.

    World series bound!!!! Oh wait…

    • mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Every team can be World Series bound. As I tell Bengals fans when they start getting all uppity about their team (0 for 45 and counting), “All ya gotta do to go to the Super Bowl is…buy a ticket.”

  6. sickcub - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Scooter Gennett-wasn’t he the opponent in Happy Gilmore?

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